a CREATIVE HOUSE
Project Auske is an artist-led not-for-profit organisation, building on 20 years of creative and producing collaboration between Bridget Fiske and Joseph Lau.
Project Auske is a Creative House driven by change-making, social and political engagement and empowering great projects of varied scope and scale. Project Auske creates artistic projects that explore the wonderment and complexities of living experience, the edges of artistic forms and the coexistence and intersection of ideas.
Led by Bridget and Joseph, Project Auske is a vehicle to realise greater ambitious scales of development, change-making and creativity.
Photographer Nadia Milford. In image Charles Ball, Sammie Williams, Joseph Lau, Chloe Lanham and Kristian Santic in rehearsal for 'Corpus Alimentation' from 'They Gather' 2019
Finally, a roof for all that good stuff to grow under!
Project Auske is powered by artists Bridget Fiske & Joseph Lau who each have over 20 years of international experience as respected choreographers, facilitators, producers and curators.
Project Auske is a creative artist led organisation that works on the many layers of creative thinking, organising and making, through responsiveness, authenticity and problem-solving.
Project Auske does this by listening, imagining, researching, actioning, practicing and making.
Project Auske is a support for the many ideas and creative works of its leads Bridget Fiske and Joseph Lau, whilst also partnering and collaborating with artists, communities, organisations and businesses.
Our work occurs and reaches people locally and internationally.
We put ideas and purpose at the centre of what we do.
We are particularly interested in:
- creating relationships, dialogues and opportunities between UK & Australia. But we also love the world, so we love to create international and collaborative opportunities wherever we can.
- curating and producing projects that support other artists to develop as well as contribute to shifting perspectives and change.
Joseph is an independent artist in dance and theatre working as a performer, choreographer, and facilitator. Joseph also works in areas of artist-led development and arts entrepreneurship.
Joseph identifies as being born a migrant: being born in Singapore but of Malaysian citizenship to Chinese Malaysian parents, then migrating to Papua New Guinea before arriving in Australia in his youth and then as an adult finding his way to the UK.
Joseph’s choreographic work centres around three areas of investigation, these being: memory, design of the expressive body & of space and the political. Joseph's work has been commissioned by ‘Dance Channels’ an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration, Moving Dance Forward (Dance Manchester and MDI in partnership with the Unity Theatre, Contact, The Lowry and University of Salford)), University of Salford and was the 2010 TURN Prize winner.
Joseph's choreographic portfolio also includes: works as part of the new movement and dance collective Out of the Blue Productions in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and eu-art-network, ATOM Choreographic Series #3 (BG), 'Deeper Than All Roses' for the FascinatE (University of Salford, BBC, Technicolour & EU partners) and other independent initiatives.
Joseph has performed with Opera Queensland, Buzz Dance Theatre, Dance North (now Dancenorth Australia), Willi Dorner, imitating the dog, Bridget Fiske, and Barking Gecko Theatre Company. As an active and inquisitive maker Joseph has also created and performed solo works that are both physically and emotionally demanding including 'The Age Of Ledger'.
Joseph has an extensive history facilitating in education, community and professional training contexts. Since 2011 Joseph has been a sessional lecturer at University of Salford. Joseph has also worked on acclaimed grassroots youth dance projects such as STRIDE a dance project for young men in Greater Manchester realised via a partnership between Company Chameleon and Dance Manchester, amongst many other projects and engagements.
Prior to studying dance, Joseph completed a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Queensland and qualified as an Chartered Accountant Australia New Zealand. This dual knowledge has supported Joseph to take on roles in arts & cultural leadership and spearhead artist led initiatives. Roles include: current, hAb (Advisory Committee Member) and Manchester Dance Consortium (Strategic Group Member), and previous roles with Company Chameleon (Board Member), Ausdance Queensland (Treasurer), Critical Mass - Brisbane artist led initiative (Committee Member) and Expressions Dance Company (Treasurer).
Portfolio: what we have done
Project Auske, has been present in many ways over the past 20 years, even before its formalisation.
It has been there as a collaboration and as a support in almost everything Bridget and Joseph have done together as artists and curators/ producers.
Below are various projects that we feel express this collaboration: where is has been emergent and where it has been concrete.
Also below are projects and engagements from Bridget and Joseph's individual portfolios that speaks to what we each brings to Project Auske.